Google Plugs in New Cloud Connectivity

Google Partner Interconnect is designed for enterprises requiring cloud connectivity who don't require full 10 Gbit/s of a dedicated circuit.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

April 24, 2018

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Google Plugs in New Cloud Connectivity

Google is launching a new option for enterprises looking to connect to its cloud, but who don't require the full 10 Gbit/s of a dedicated circuit, the company said Tuesday.

Google Partner Interconnect is the latest of several options Google provides for enterprises connecting their on-premises infrastructure to Google Cloud Platform. Previously available options are Cloud VPN, which runs over the public Internet, and Dedicated Interconnect which provides private connection.

"Partner Interconnect also allows organizations whose data centers are geographically distant from a Google Cloud region or Point of Presence (POP) to connect to GCP, using our partners' connections," Google says in a blog post scheduled to go live Tuesday.

Partner Interconnect is available as partial circuits, ranging from 50 Mbit/s to 10 Gbit/s. That compares with Dedicated Interconnect, which offers full circuits at 10 Gbit/s. (See Google Launches Dedicated Connectivity for Hybrid Cloud .)

Figure 1: Google at Mobile World Congress 2017. Google at Mobile World Congress 2017.

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Partner Interconnect is available initially from 23 partners worldwide, including AT&T, BT, CenturyLink, Colt, Digital Realty, Equinix, Internet2, IXReach, NTT, Orange, Softbank, Tata Communications and Verizon.

As cloud applications become more mission-critical, cloud providers need to provide more connectivity from enterprise premises to the cloud, both to increase reliability and minimize exposing data to the public Internet. Amazon launched the PrivateLink private network service in November, to allow software-as-a-service developers to provide private endpoints to users. (See Amazon Launches AWS PrivateLink for Private Cloud Connections.)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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